This came across my desk this morning and we thought we might as well pass it on. Sports Illustrated NFL analyst Andy Benoit says the Green Bay Packers had the worst-coached offense in the NFL in 2015.
#Packers notes: seeing all 16 games (most on film) and talking with NFL coaches, can say GB had worst-coached offense in NFL last yr.
— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 8, 2016
That’s a pretty bold statement.
The Packers were 23rd in the NFL in total offense in 2015. That’s certainly not at the level we have grown accustomed to, but worst-coached in the league?
What about the Rams, 49ers or Titans? Those were the bottom three offenses in the league in terms of yardage.
#Packers notes: problems with GB offense: too many isolation routes and static formations. Tactically easy scheme to defend
— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 9, 2016
That we would agree with.
When Tom Clements was calling plays, he seemingly refused to go away from the outside vertical passing game, even though the Packers clearly didn’t have the players to run that attack.
The Packers offense didn’t adapt to their players. They tried to adapt their players to the plays they wanted to run.
Things got a little more creative when Mike McCarthy returned to calling plays in December.
The Packers offense didn’t really look like they were out of their funk until the playoffs rolled around. Ultimately, it didn’t matter.
Will this year be different?
It should be. McCarthy is back to calling plays, a job he says he’ll never relinquish again. It’s also a job many consider McCarthy to be among the best in the league at.
Besides, there’s nowhere to go but up. Right?